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1er Salon du Cinéma

1er Salon du Cinéma

Paris, Porte de Versailles, 12-14 Janvier 2007

The entrance, a Moroccan style gate. One of the many "Eh?" themed spots of the exhibition. There was a Morocco stand.

Background items from Sofia Coppola's movie "Marie-Antoinette" :

So kitsch, so pink... o_O

I liked the details best. They asked infos to a sort of "fan-club" of Marie-Antoinette.

Famous photo company stand :

you could be taken in picture either with that character from the Ice Age, or with a background of various stars posing on a red carpet and waving to the crowd.

My personal award for "not too expensive but inventive movie-oriented background" :

A wall covered with a giant story-board. Complete with a repeated misspelling :P

Movie make-up stand.
Obviously, the girl sitting in undergoing a "fantasy" make-up to transform her into a monster.

"Robot" from Poitier's Futuroscope
If you ask me, it was a guy in costume, but shh, the kids bought it.

Most "WTF?" stand : French Air Force.

No idea what they were doing in that Salon. They had a flight simulator here - for Mirage F1.

Aardman studio stand

Cute, but pretty much all there was to see on the stand :

Bollywood stand

Pierre et le Loup

Frame-by-frame animation, for a feature released last year, based on Prokofiev's music.

The rest of the salon included a lot of movie schools (for people still thinking that OMG movies are the bestest glamourestest job EVAH, or even that you can actually make a living in it without being very lucky, very pretty and very related to people already in the business...), a sound effect demonstration that unfortunately was always crowded, and a few sellers.

And the main attraction (to me) :

Movie Animals

(no, I'm not talking about actors)

The elephant doesn't have a spot on his trunk, it's just (un)fortunate angle on my part.

A lot of animals, and a little game : which of those are real?... Because some are.

Ta-daa! These are the 5 eagles. 3 white-headed ones (a.k.a. "Haliaeetus leucocephalus", or Bald Eagle, or American Eagle - Pygargue in French) like this one...

... and two... err... I don't know. Royal eagle, I think. They were far from me and I didn't want to flash them, so these are the best pics I managed :

Eurasian Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo, Hibou Grand-duc) :

The last one is more neat because I had forgotten to switch the flash off... ^^;,,
Thankfully, he was not looking at me when I did. And he was remarkably unfazed by other flashes.

The star of the Salon :
(well, there were also a few actors / directors / crew people doing talks, but no one I wanted to see)

Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus, - Harfang in French), one of the very owls who plays Hedwige in the Harry Potter movies.

It was standing on a (taxidermied, this one, or totally fake, I don't know) hippo :

This giant bird is "baby" condor. No, really, he's not completely grown-up. He's massive.

And probably more dangerous (because not yet used to have so many people around, and also bigger so more likely to hurt someone without trying), because it was put farther from the audience. I have no idea why the group behind him got to go to that area, others couldn't :(
Probably privileged people, like there always are. Grr. They even got to "try out" the snake (ah yes, there are also snakes. If you can't stand the sight of them, you might be wanting to skip the end of this post).

... I forgot to ask what this one was. Looks like a young / small Golden Eagle (Aigle Royal).

And this is a boa. About 8 kg. I touched it, yeah! As well as the Royal Python of which I just realize I didn't take pics. Bummer.
The odd patches on his skin is that he was shedding it.

Uh, hum... Hello?

They gave the URL for their website :

They said they give fauconnery courses. *wants*

But there is no info on that on their website, and Jacana, their center, is far in the woods and only reachable by car. *mopes*

Ah, and this... I thought "Oh, the font is lovely" before I realized that it wasn't a gothic fond, it was just that the fire sign as... err... apparently burnt a little ^^;,,

Still, cute.


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Jan. 14th, 2007 08:44 pm (UTC)
Interesting exhibition! I visited the Bavarai Filmstudios when I was a teenager. They've got the sets and props of films like Neverending Story, Enemy Mine or Das Boot.
Maybe they had the Aire Force there because of that Top Gune-like French film from one or two years ago. Don't remember the title now.
Jan. 15th, 2007 07:28 pm (UTC)
Ah, I hadn't thought of that, and there's a part of their stand that I didn't look at, so maybe that's it.
There was also a partnership with the French train company, on the account that "a lot of movie scenes were shot each year in train and train stations"... So, eh.

Where are the Bavarai Filmstudios?
Jan. 15th, 2007 08:39 pm (UTC)
sorry typing mistake, Bavaria ... they are in Munich
Jan. 16th, 2007 07:04 am (UTC)
*face plant*
I should have figured it, actually I vaguely thought it was it, but was too numb to think properly.
Jan. 15th, 2007 10:21 am (UTC)
Is it a permanent exhibition? I want to meet French special effects people and ask them some questions...
Jan. 15th, 2007 10:22 am (UTC)
Oops, sorry, I missed the dates lines... crap! :(
Jan. 15th, 2007 07:49 pm (UTC)
Ah, sorry, I only found out about the exhibition on Saturday, and didn't think of noting down the references of special effects people. Were you thinking about the make-up people?

Here are some details about the school that was doing a demonstration :
Jan. 17th, 2007 01:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I wonder if there's a special effect make up school in France... that's what I'm really into, monsters! :p
Jan. 17th, 2007 07:20 pm (UTC)
Are you being sarcastic? I can't decide.

I was just wondering more specifically what you were looking for, because even though I didn't take other notes about special effects oriented schools (I suggested the make-up ones because it's the only special effect stuff I posted here), I may be able to look up for more.
Though I'd reckon most of those schools would be near Paris, but you never
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